Episode 605: COVID-19 Tracking and DOE Distance Learning – April 1, 2020

Photo (l:r) Burt Lum, Karl Kim, Leanna Agcaoili, Norman Sales

First up, the Hawaii Island Business Plan Competition (HIplan) for UH Hilo & Hawaii Community College Students is now a virtual event. It’s the Virtual Kilauea Eruption Recovery App Hackathon that will take place on April 4-5 on the BizzyB.com platform. Teams could Win up to $5000 in cash prizes. Student admission to the Hackathon is free, with signups available on a first-come fist serve basis. For information, visit https:// bizzyb.com/hiplan-hackathon-2020/.

Then we have Karl Kim from the NDPTC join us to talk about the COVID-19 tracking project.

Finally, we’re joined by Norman Sales of Farrington High School and Leanna Agcaoili of Fern Elementary School to talk about distance learning in the age of remote work and shelter in place. We also get to talk about the 808Unconference.

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Episode 604: COVID-19 Resources & Working Remotely – March 25, 2020

Photo (l:) Burt Lum, Dana Arakawa, Derek Gabriel

First off, there are changes here at Hawaii Public Radio to maintain some personal separation. Most of the time our guests are live in the studio but during this period of social distancing and being respectful of each others well being, our guests are now remote and calling in. Hopefully you won’t notice much of a difference but I will miss the lively energy only gotten through face to face interaction.

Next up I’d like to tell you about a community resource for COVID-19 information. Suchandra Thapa, Ben Trevino and a number of volunteers including Code for Hawaii are helping coordinate a local effort to crowdsource a Hawaii-specific Coronavirus resource for Hawaii residents; similar to what NYC/LA have done.

Finally, I welcome Dr. Dana Arakawa and Derek Gabriel to the show. Dana runs a consultancy that helps teams build systemic and lasting organizational resilience. Derek is co-founder of Ignite Solutions Group, dedicated to empowering businesses through technology. Check out Dana’s article in Civil Beat.

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Episode 603: Aloha A.I. & TurnoverBnB – March 18, 2020

Photo (l:r) Burt Lum, Mark Kimura, Assaf Karmon

First up, Mark Kimura from Oceanit joins us to tell us about going virtual with the upcoming Aloha A.I. workshop. Then, we’re joined by Assaf Karmon from Turnover BNB to talk about building a startup, going through accelerator Blue Startups and the path to HVCA’s Tech Entrepreneur of the Year.

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Episode 602: Maui Techies, NetSquared Hawaii & TRUE Initiative – March 11, 2020

Photo (l:r) Burt Lum, Eddie Ontai, Derek Gabriel, Brennon Morioka

First up, the Maui Techies are having a meetup on March 17th at Maui Brewing Company in Kihei. It’s an evening filled with conversations about all things techie. Whether you are just beginning or already an expert in your field, or if technology is your hobby, you will find someone who shares your interests. Friends and newcomers are always welcome.

Then, Derek Gabriel from Ignite Solutions Group joins us to tell us about the NetSquared HAWAII relaunch.

Finally, we’re joined by Eddie Ontai, President of Data House and Brennon Morioka Dean of the UH College of Engineering to talk about the TRUE Initiative and how students are part of an innovation mentorship program to help solve real world problems.

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Episode 601: Founders Mixer, CS Day at the Capitol & Digital Currency Innovation Lab – March 4, 2020

Photo (l:r) Burt Lum, Ellen Ng, David Miyashiro, Iris Ikeda (by phone)

First up, if you are interested in the startup world, Blue Startups is having a Founders Mixer on Thursday, March 5! You can meet the Blue Startups team, and take the opportunity to pitch your idea, startup, or skill while networking with Hawaii’s entrepreneurial community.

Then, David Miyashiro from Hawaii Kids Can joins us to tell us about the upcoming Computer Science Day at the Capitol.

Finally, Iris Ikeda from the Division of Financial Institutions – DCCA and Ellen Ng from HTDC to talk about the Digital Currency Innovation Lab and how you can test out your crypto currency idea in Hawaii.

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Episode 600: ʻŌlelo Jam, HPU STEM Conference + Women in Data Science – Feb 26, 2020

Photo (l:r) Burt Lum, Mary Smith, Trisha Nakayama, Martha Crosby

First up, on Saturday, February 29, 2020, Hālau ʻĪnana in Kapaʻakea-Mōʻiliʻili will transform into an ʻŌlelo Jam. They’ve invite Hawaiian speakers to come and co-create digital content in ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi for community which includes teachers, students, kupuna as well as new learners. No tech experience is needed; just the (desire) to ʻōlelo or speak Hawaii and create a better world for us ma ka ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi!

Then, Mary Smith from the Hawaii Pacific University joins us to tell us about the upcoming Women of Color STEM Entrepreneurship conference.

Last but not least, we’re joined by Trisha Nakayama from IBM and Martha Crosby, Professor in ICS at UH Manoa, to talk about careers in data science and the Women in Data Science Conference sponsored by IBM.

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Episode 599: HVCA Entrepreneur Awards + Purple Maiʻa, Indigenous Innovation – Feb 19, 2020

Photo (l:r) Burt Lum, Alec Wagner, Meli James, Manu Mei-Singh

First up, I want to let you know about the Spring break Altino Coding training for teachers. There are two 3-day 3-credit introduction to coding workshop for teachers, during spring break starting March 16 for the Campbell Kapolei Complex and Maui Complex starting March 19th. There are only 30 seats per 3 day training. Teacher can take the class for 3 credits. They can sign up via the Dept of Education’s professional development PDE3 website – search for “Altino”. Mahalo to sponsors Kamehameha Schools, Public Schools of Hawaii Foundation, Toyota Hawaii, and the State of Hawaii legislature so teachers can attend for only $25 for a 3-day 3-credit class. Sign up here before it fills up.

Then, Meli James from the Hawaii Venture Capital Association joins us to tell us about the upcoming HVCA Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. Finally, we’re joined by Alec Wagner from Purple Prize and Manu Mei-Singh from Purple Maiʻa, to talk about Ka Maka ʻInana, Purple Prize Application 2020 and Indigenous Innovation. Stay tuned to the Purple Maiʻa Instagram for updates on youth JavaScript Class and for the Purple Maiʻa Summer Programs: instagram.com/purple_maia/

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Episode 597: Unity Game Jam and MicroNan – Feb 5, 2020

Photo (l:r) Burt Lum, Kaui Kauhi, Jonathan Weinberger, Bill Hozey

First up, Jonathan Weinberger from the Honolulu Game Development Meetup joins us to tell us about the Unity Game Jam and Hackathon happening this Sunday, Feb 9th. Then, we’re joined by Bill Hozey and Kaui Kauhi from MicroNan to talk about some novel technology that converts your smartphone into a sterilization tool.

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Episode 596: CTAHR Day, unVoxxed Hawaii & ServPac Data Center – Jan 29, 2020

Photo (l:r) Burt Lum, Suchandra Thapa, Jessie Radovich, Kat Windham, Richard Zheng

First up, Jessica Radovich from College of Tropical Ag and Human Resources joins us to tell us about an event called CTAHR Day. Then Suchandra Thapa, independent coder and organizer is here to tell us about the upcoming UnVoxxed Unconference. Last but not least, we are joined by Richard Zheng and Kat Windham from ServPac to tell us about their new data center and what makes the Internet work.

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